China’s hopes of hosting another Olympics any time soon will have to be iced, as International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge announced that a wait of at least 20 years after the 2008 Beijing Olympics will be required before another Olympics happens on the mainland.
Why the long wait? The policy is apparently in place to give other countries a fair chance, with Rogge declaring that the Olympics “belongs to all of mankind,” and that the IOC hopes “every part of the world can have the opportunity to enjoy hosting such a glorious and grand occasion.”
Rogge also stated that the 20 year wait might in fact be the shortest amount of time allowed before China hosts another Olympiad. That would certainly explain the quashed rumor of a 2028 Olympics happening in Shanghai.
To back his argument, Rogge used the case of London as an example: “London organized its first Games in 1908, its second in 1948 and now the third one in 2012. There had to be first 40 years of waiting and then 64 years of waiting.”
You’d think that Rogge would know his Olympic history better. We’d kindly like to point out that the United States hosted two Olympics in the span of only 12 years – 1984 in Los Angeles and 1996 in Atlanta, and that’s not even counting the Winter Olympics (1980 Lake Placid, 2002 Salt Lake City)! We predict it won’t be long before enraged remarks come from outraged netizens, if they haven’t started popping up already.
Also, football/soccer fans hoping for a Chinese World Cup will also have to sit tight for two or three decades. Due to FIFA’s host selection process, countries from the same football confederations are not allowed to host consecutive World Cups. And since Qatar is part of the Asian Football Confederation and host of the 2022 World Cup, China would only be able to play host in 2030 at the earliest.
What’s more? Despite Russia being geographically part of Asia, its membership in UEFA means that it’s able to host the 2018 World Cup. Absolutely mind-boggling.
By Audrey Lim